Findlay is a city of about 42,000 residents, located in northwestern Ohio’s Hancock County between Bowling Green and Lima. Prostitution and child sex trafficking are well documented problems in the city. For example, in 2013, the FBI and local police raided massage parlors in Findlay and Toledo, which were part of a ring for Asian prostitution and human trafficking. The FBI alleged that the women who work at those businesses performed illegal sex acts and that the workers were in the country illegally and engaged in prostitution, possibly against their wills. The FBI used confidential informants to provide information to the agents for over one-year period prior to the raid.
Among the tactics used to suppress the local commercial sex market are strategies targeting consumer-level demand. In May 2014, six men from Ohio and Michigan were arrested in Findlay for attempting to solicit prostitutes. Each of the men was arrested during an undercover prostitution investigation conducted by the METRICH Enforcement Unit (Metro-Richland County) and the Wood County Sheriff’s Office.
- Reverse Stings and Shaming:
- Sex Trafficking in the Area:
- Background on Prostitution in the Area:
- “Findlay Couple Convicted of Promoting Prostitution”, Bryan Times, September 25 1996.
- “Four Face Prostitution-Related Charges”, Findlay Courier, November 8 2010.
- “Prostitution Charges Tied to National Sting”, Findlay Courier, November 10 2010.
- “Woman Enters Plea to Procuring Charge”, Findlay Courier, January 28 2011.
- “Man Charged in Prostitution Sting Pleads to Lesser Charge”, Findlay Courier, February 4 2011.
- “Judge Sentences Toledo Man on Procuring Charge”, Findlay Courier, March 25 2011.
- “Prostitution ‘big’ in region; online ads lure customers,” Findlay Courier, April 23, 2016.
- https://thecourier.com/breaking-news/2018/11/16/seven-women-arrested-in-hancock-county-prostitution-probe/ (2018)